Making Your New Schedule: for new moms heading back to work

The thing about being a new mom is you still acutely remember what life was like before your baby was born. Like really remember it. What it was to sleep in, and not be awoken every 45-60 minutes though the night. {Side note: parents of newborns truly understand how sleep deprivation is a torture tactic.} You remember eating with both hands, and having a meal at the same time as your partner. Completing tasks is another thing you remember being able to do; one because you didn't have a little person to interrupt you, and two you didn't forget what you were doing while you were doing it.

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Jen Mayer
What I've Learned, Two Years Into Motherhood

When Oliver was a baby, I would fret about getting out of the house quickly. I resisted slowing down, and allowing for the grace and buffer time babies and children need during daily transitions that veteran parents are quite aware of. So I was always rushing and trying to keep the same cadence I had pre-baby. A very large part of me didn't want having a baby to change me that much. I wanted the world to see, “Hey it's me! I’m the same old Jen, just now with a newborn in tow. I can do all the things I used to do!" But in reality, I had changed, and my life had changed A LOT, yet I needed to adjust and be okay with that. Of course all this change does take time.  

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Jen Mayer
Hiring a Pediatrician

Hi there! We are back this week- focusing on some practical parenting tips after taking a week hiatus to march in DC. It was a thrilling experience to join in unity with women and men of all ages, to stand up for human rights. 

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Jen Mayer
How to Be a Supportive Friend When Your BFF Is Pregnant

Earlier this week I received a Facebook message from an acquaintance in Brooklyn- asking what resources I could recommend for someone looking to be as supportive and helpful as they can for their best friend who’s having a hard time during pregnancy. I was so glad she reached out asking this question, because for women who haven’t had a baby before, this whole baby-having stuff is like a foreign territory. By being so thoughtful and attentive to reach out to a professional for recommendations shows she wanted to be the best support she could for her expecting friend.

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Jen Mayer
The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Newborn Preparation

As your due date approaches, there’s often so much focus around the upcoming experience of birth, as there should, however, I find this leaves many new parents wholly unprepared for the moments and days after coming home from the birth. The following are items new parents have found helpful and often not on hand when needed most during those early weeks with a newborn.

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Jen Mayer
What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?

Picture this: you’ve given birth a couple days ago to your first baby. The hospital has given you the “a-ok” to be discharged and you’re heading home with your newborn. The hospital just lets you go, on your way home, as a family of three. You and your partner, are alone with you little one for the first time. No more nurses or doctors checking on you while you’re at home- you’re totally on your own.

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Jen Mayer